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Posted on May 2, 2013

Produced by TriColumbia, all women’s half marathon & coed 5K benefits  Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital

Columbia, Md. – TriColumbia, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier endurance event production company, held the 2nd annual Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon & Coed 5K on Sunday, April 28, in Downtown Columbia, Md. More than 2,000 runners ages 9-70 participated in the race to benefit the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, Howard County General Hospital’s leading resource to assist those living and coping with cancer.

34-year-old Bridget Holt of Gambrills, Md. finished first in the all women’s half marathon with a time of 1:21:22, just five seconds before second place finisher, 32-year-old Suzanne Serpico of Columbia, Md. Serpico finished with a time of 1:21:28. Rounding out the top five were 3) Rachel Varn (31, Severna Park, Md.), time 1:23:32, 4) Alison Slade (32, Odenton, Md.), time 1:23:45, and 5) Nicole Valentine (30, Germantown, Md.), time 1:25:35.

In addition to the half marathon, more than 400 men and women competed in the Coed 5K. 40-year-old Tyler Brannen of Nashua, NH was the top 5K male finisher with a time of 19:43, and 32-year-old Emma Johnson of Alexandria, Va. was the top 5K female finisher with a time of 22:14.

“We could not have asked for a more beautiful day or a more energized crowd for this special event,” said Kari Ebeling, Chief Operating Officer of TriColumbia. “The morning started off with a moment of silence to pay tribute to those tragically affected by the events at the Boston Marathon, followed by a remarkable race for our 2,000 runners. We would like to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, charity teams and community groups for dedicating their time today to supporting our race, and congratulate those who finished today!”

In its second year, the 2013 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon & Coed 5K celebrated the power of women. 45-year-old Diana Toronto of Columbia, Md. was honored with the Athleta “Power to the She” award. Toronto, a mother of three and breast cancer survivor, utilized the services provided by the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center throughout her treatment. This May, Toronto will celebrate the five year anniversary of her surgery. She participated in the half marathon with Team Conquer Cancer, the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center’s charity team to raise awareness and funds.

Sponsors of the 2013 Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon & Coed 5K included Athleta, Gatorade, Hammer Nutrition, EnduraFit, Princeton Sports, MPT, Her Mind Magazine, Sheraton Columbia Town Center, Howard Magazine, TriSpies Safeway, FinisherPix, Mix 106.5, Polar Heart Rate Monitors, BodyMason Performance Therapy, Spin 90 Cycling, TriFitness Training, Charm City Run, Chesapeake Bay Roasting Co., Podiatry Associates and Howard County General Hospital.

Race results can be found at

About TriColumbia

TriColumbia is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit and the Mid-Atlantic’s premier endurance event production company providing an array of events for all ability levels across the triathlon/multisport continuum. Founded in 1983, the organization makes a difference for participating athletes by not only providing superior events and memories to last a lifetime, but also by giving back to the community by supporting many local and regional charities which provide a full spectrum of support for citizens in need. In 2012, TriColumbia contributed nearly $200,000 in direct donations to dozens of local and regional charities and community organizations, and enabled dozens of charity teams to fundraise in excess of $425,000 to support their missions.

About The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital offers hope and support to cancer patients, families, and caregivers in the central Maryland region. The Center is designed to assist men, women and children through counseling, stress and symptom management, health system navigation, education, aesthetic services and resource identification, regardless of their ability to pay. We connect persons diagnosed with cancer, and their families, with essential community, state and national resources. 


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